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Northumberlandia

Northumberlandia  - obrázek

Northumberlandia - obrázek

Charles Jencks
2005  - The design concept

The commissioning brief for Charles Jencks was to mark this natural gateway and the transition between the conurbation of Cramlington and the countryside of Northumberland with a new landscape which could be enjoyed by the local community. It would utilise and celebrate the machinery and skills of the mining industry which has a long history in the region, whilst using the residual product of operations in a new and creative way. Speaking of the inspiration behind Northumberlandia, Charles said: "People quite unconsciously empathise with forms that relate to their physiognomy, particularly the face and torso.

"Here it is the far off Cheviot Hills that are pulled into the foreground by the similar curves and shapes of the body. The idea of 'borrowing the landscape', and miniaturising it, is an old one although not quite as old as relating landforms to our bodies. For thousands of years cultures across the world have built large scale effigies of human and animal forms.

"Northumberlandia does not relate to a particular goddess or religion, it is a landscape which incorporates references to the human body towards which we have a natural empathy. The landform can be enjoyed in parts and within many different contexts including the distant landscape, the causeways, lakes and willow islands, and viewing pavilions."

The design of Northumberlandia and the landform park surrounding her has evolved over many months; this evolving design process will continue and will include consultation with the local community. As well as being a piece of art to be admired people can explore Northumberlandia using footpaths and cycleways, which will link with existing and new footpaths to provide a connection to Cramlington.


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